Synopsis

Starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum, Le Week-end is the acclaimed romantic comedy directed by Roger Michell (Enduring Love, Venus, Notting Hill) and written by Hanif Kureishi. In the third feature collaboration between Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi (after The Mother and Venus), Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan’s couple revisit Paris to revitalise their marriage, and run into an old friend (Jeff Goldblum) who gives them a fresh new take on life and love. Kureishi’s wonderful script and the excellent performances help balance the tone between comedy and drama, while Michell celebrates the city’s rich cinematic heritage.

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Director

Roger Michell
The son of an English diplomat, Roger Michell was born in South Africa and as a child lived in Beirut, Damascus and Prague. He started directing plays at school before going on to Cambridge. In 1977, he won the Royal Shakespeare Company Buzz Goodbody Award at the National Student Drama Festival as well as a Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has subsequently directed plays at the National Theatre, the Old Vic, the Lyric Hammersmith, Donmar Warehouse, Hampstead, the Royal Court, the Almeida, in the West End and on Broadway and elsewhere. For six years, Michell was resident director at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London. In the early 1990s, he began directing in film and television. His work for television includes the award-winning miniseries The Buddha of Suburbia, starring Naveen Andrews, Brenda Blethyn and Rosen Seth, and marking the first of his many collaborations with writer Hanif Kureishi; documentaries for the BBC; and a number of commercials. His features as director have included Persuasion, which starred Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds, for which he won a BAFTA Award; My Night With Reg, adapted by Kevin Elyot from the latter’s play; Titanic Town, for which Julie Walters received an IFTA Award nomination; the smash Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, for which he received the Evening Standard British Film Awards’ Peter Sellars Award for Comedy and an Empire Award; Changing Lanes, starring Ben Affleck and Prism Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson; The Mother, for which Anne Reid was honoured by the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards; Enduring Love, for which Michell received Directors Guild of Great Britain Award, European Film Award, and British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nominations as Best Director; Venus, for which Leslie Philips won the BIFA as best supporting Actor starring opposite Peter O’Toole; Morning Glory, starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton; and Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray as FDR, a role for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.

Cast

Jim Broadbent: Nick Burrows Lindsay Duncan: Meg Burrow Jeff Goldblum: Morgan


Crew

Roger Michell: Director Hanif Kureishi: Writer Kevin Loader: Producer Nathalie Durand: Director of Photography

Details

DVD catalogue number: CFW683DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: CFW090BD

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Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Drama, Comedy

CERTIFICATE: 15

DIRECTOR: Roger Michell

CAST:
Jim Broadbent: Nick Burrows
Lindsay Duncan: Meg Burrow
Jeff Goldblum: Morgan
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CREW:
Roger Michell: Director
Hanif Kureishi: Writer
Kevin Loader: Producer
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DURATION: 93 Mins

COUNTRIES: France, UK

LANGUAGES: English, French

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Reviews


  • “Beautifully executed, fearlessly truthful”

    Jenny McCartney, The Telegraph


  • “A subtle triumph”

    Nigel Andrews, Financial Times


  • “Lightly played, often very funny and shot all over Paris with energy and wit, and boosted by superb, inquiring turns from Broadbent and Duncan”

    Dave Calhoun, Time Out


  • “The film is too smart to offer us resolution: instead, we get reconciliation, and if it happens to pay homage to a certain dance sequence from a classic film of the French New Wave, then so much the better”

    Robbie Collin, The Telegraph


  • “An accomplished, bittersweet drama”

    James Mottram, Total Film

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